78% of home remodeling projects focused on the kitchen in 2017.
As a homeowner, the kitchen remodeling bug might hit you for a myriad of reasons. It might be that you simply want a change from the kitchen you’ve become used to.
Some homeowners might have recently bought a house and desire to make it their own. For others, it is to improve the aesthetics of their kitchens.
No matter what your motivation is for thinking about redoing your kitchen, you need to have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. Doing a remodel without a defined end result might lead to undesirable outcomes.
This article will highlight ideas for kitchen makeovers that will sweep you off your feet.
The backsplash is always a popular kitchen makeover spot for homeowners and with good reason.
This is the most used area in the kitchen, and its renovation can have a big impact on your kitchen’s visual appeal.
You could decide to make minor alterations to the existing design or go for a total overhaul.
When tweaking the existing design, consider using contrasting textures such as matte, high-gloss, and satin styles to make it pop.
If you are artistically inclined, using color in the backsplash will breathe new life into your kitchen.
A dash of bold colors will be eye-catching to anyone who enters the room. However, if you prefer a classic look, neutral colors (and textures) will work for you.
2. Kitchen Tech
For any technology buff, getting a smart kitchen is an attractive idea.
Technology in the kitchen now extends beyond mere appliances to applications based on the Internet of Things.
Motion sensing faucets are a great touch to bring convenience whenever you want to use the sink. All you need to do is place your hands underneath them and water flows.
Are you frequently caught by surprise when your shopping runs out? Then a refrigerator that alerts you when you’re low on groceries is the thing for you.
Don’t forget to overhaul your lighting system using smart bulbs that can be controlled remotely via an app on your mobile device.
Cabinets contribute significantly towards the aesthetic appeal of a kitchen. Begin by asking yourself if you want to make alterations on existing cabinetry or if you want to develop a new style and feel.
For those who gravitate to the latter, consulting kitchen design experts is essential.
These professionals will seek to understand the vision you have for your cabinetry design and how it plays into the overall aesthetic and seek to bring it to life.
If you do not want to make major changes, repainting the cabinets is an easy way to improve looks. If you decide to go this route, you have the option of using neutral or warm colors.
Try contrasting the color of the cabinets with the kitchen island for a more sophisticated look.
4. The Kitchen Island
Your kitchen island is a focal point in the kitchen, and it needs to serve an aesthetic purpose as well as a utilitarian one.
Since a kitchen island is meant to introduce visual impact, you need to go for a statement design.
Don’t make it too big so that you can have adequate foot traffic (a gap of 36-45 inches on all sides is advisable).
Another idea is to add electrical outlets to it for your convenience when using mobile devices.
Your kitchen floor withstands heavy traffic and therefore needs to be beautiful yet functional and easy to clean.
Ceramic is an excellent floor material as it is easy to clean. Additionally, you can now get ceramic flooring that mimics other designs like hardwood, for example.
Talking of hardwood flooring, nothing will offer such warmth and elegance. However, it is susceptible to water damage, and special care is necessary.
Other popular options include porcelain and linoleum.
One of the best kitchen redo ideas is upping your lighting game.
Consider mixing different light fixtures at various points in the kitchen to highlight its attractive elements.
For ambient lighting, look for custom made chandeliers and add some dimmers for setting the mood during meal time.
Task lights can be LED-made to help you save on your lighting bill.
You can’t talk about a kitchen makeover without discussing countertops.
Do you want to give your kitchen a high-end feel? Then quartz countertops are your deal. They are extremely durable, antimicrobial, and rather easy to clean.
If you are going the contemporary route, a granite countertop with a honed finish (and not polished) will serve you well. You may also want to consider marble and quartz.
A cardinal rule with countertops is to contrast the material and the cabinetry. That breaks the look in an appealing way than if they all looked the same.
Color is often a cost-effective way to bring discernable change into your kitchen.
A fresh coat of paint is essential to top off the redesign for renovated kitchens. Luckily, there many options to play with.
Study the rest of the paintwork in your house to figure out how you can introduce color combinations in the kitchen that blend with your home’s overall color scheme.
As you select paints, don’t forget to factor in the heat and oil that your kitchen walls have to withstand.
Today’s kitchen welcomes open shelving unlike the situation decades ago. Open shelves make your kitchen look bigger which can work to heighten your renovation’s aesthetic goal.
You can place open shelves in creative areas on your kitchen wall to improve looks.
Another way to play with open shelves is to color them differently from the rest of the kitchen.
Kitchen Makeovers Can Turn Your House Into a Home
Homeowners looking to do kitchen makeovers should go in with a clear objective of not messing up the end product. Look at what others are doing to get inspiration so that you can end up with a truly beautiful kitchen.
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